Recent reports stating an increase in Hispanic enrollment at institutions of higher education are very optimistic: in 2010, according to Census reports, it had a single-year surge of 24%, and more Hispanic young adults enrolled in college from 2009 to 2010 than young blacks and young Asian Americans.
Despite this amazing progress, there’ still a lot of work to do. In order to continue increasing and improving educational opportunities for children, there needs to be a concerted effort that includes families, schools, policy and support systems that can help improve the prospects for all children.
Time after time, research shows that mentoring relationships have innumerable positive benefits to students, especially teens: it helps provide motivation, support and encouragement to help them avoid drug and alcohol abuse, do better in school, get along with others, and many more of the tribulations of being a young human. This is where organizations like Boys and Girls Club of America – an organization that develops programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls– come into play.
This year, long-time LATISM partners TOYOTA just announced a national partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of America to develop a college readiness initiative, which will help fund youth education and improve high school graduation rates. As a founding sponsor of the D2D: Diplomas to Degrees, Toyota is providing a $1.5 million grant over three years to help provide tools, resources and support to Boys & Girls Club teens to help prepare them to move from high school to college graduates.
Today, LATISM is dedicating the WHOLE DAY to driving this VERY IMPORTANT POINT:
First off, we will be tweeting LIVE from the official TOYOTA/Boys and Girls Club of America launch event for the campaign. The event will feature an amazing lineup chockful with the likes of Former NBA player and Boys & Girls Club of America Alum A.C. Green, (LA Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks), Ervin Zelaya, Boys & Girls Club Alum, Toyota Scholarship Recipient, College Graduate as well as Toyota and Boys & Girls Clubs Representatives.
Then at 9pm EST, during our LATISM Twitter party, we will be discussing the treacherous path from high school to college, as well as the policies, organizations and ideas that can help drive the growing college rates even higher! Join us and come share your experiences, resources and ideas on mentoring!
So follow us from 11:30 AM to 2 PM EST for the EVENT, live from BALTIMORE, MD – then join us again at 9pm EST for our weekly Twitter Party. Below are the party details: